LeBron’s Decision Has Become a Campaign Issue in Florida’s Governor Race

Rick Scott’s campaign is trying to use LeBron James’s impending departure from Miami to their advantage.

From left: Rick Scott, LeBron James, Charlie Crist.
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Adam Wollner
July 11, 2014, 11:31 a.m.

NBA star LeBron James’s de­cision to leave the Miami Heat and re­join the Clev­e­land Cava­liers is sur­fa­cing — of all places — on the cam­paign trail.

A spokes­man for Flor­ida Gov. Rick Scott’s cam­paign blas­ted an email Fri­day af­ter­noon of a photo fea­tur­ing his op­pon­ent, Re­pub­lic­an-turned-Demo­crat Charlie Crist, and James with a cap­tion at thet­op read­ing: “What do these guys have in com­mon? They both ran away.”

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Pri­or to James’s an­nounce­ment, the Scott cam­paign had re­peatedly hammered Crist for opt­ing to run for Sen­ate in 2010 rather than reelec­tion as gov­ernor, ar­guing that it shows he is more con­cerned with his ad­van­cing his own ca­reer than the well-be­ing of Flor­idi­ans.

Crist, then a Re­pub­lic­an, ended up run­ning for the Sen­ate seat as an in­de­pend­ent after he was con­fron­ted with a tough primary battle cour­tesy of Marco Ru­bio, who ul­ti­mately went on to win the gen­er­al elec­tion.


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